Can a Non-US Citizen Get Global Entry?

Sep 6, 2015

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A reader sent this question via Facebook about expedited security options:

“Can a non-US citizen get Global Entry?”

Global Entry is a must-have if you’re an international traveler, and has saved me hours and hours of waiting in line when arriving in the US. Thanks to Global Entry, I’m usually in and out of customs in about one minute; I simply give my fingerprints at the kiosk, and that’s it.
Global Entry has made traveling so much easier for me. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Non-US citizens can obtain Global Entry, but enrollment is extremely limited. Aside from US citizens and permanent residents, Global Entry is available to citizens of German, the Netherlands, Panama and South Korea, as well as to Mexican Nationals. Canadian citizens and residents are eligible for Global Entry benefits through the NEXUS program, and while UK citizens may also be eligible in the future (as early as the end of this year), currently they are not.

If you’re a US citizen thinking about getting Global Entry and you visit Canada often, you may want to consider getting NEXUS so you can also have expedited customs there. Clearing Canadian customs and immigration can take a while, so this would save you a lot of time. NEXUS is actually cheaper than Global Entry, and once you have it (as a US citizen or permanent resident), you also get Global Entry and TSA PreCheck. The downside is you have to go one of the enrollment centers located along the Canadian border, so if you live in New Mexico (for example), it’s not convenient. However, if you can fit a visit into your travel plans, it could be worthwhile.

There are various credit cards out there that will cover the Global Entry $100 enrollment fee, including the Platinum Card® from American Express, which also includes the $100 fee for each additional cardholder (or really you can use it for anyone else). The card is awesome in this respect, because additional cardholders not only get Global Entry reimbursed, but also get other benefits like access to Centurion Lounges and more. You can get up to three additional cards for $175 total, so it’s a great deal.

Other cards that offer a Global Entry fee credit include the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and the Citi Prestige card. If you’re a Delta Diamond or Platinum Medallion, you can also choose Global Entry as one of your Choice Benefits.

For more information on Global Entry, NEXUS and other expedited entry programs around the world, see these posts:

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